O2 Silver Clef Award Winners 2013
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Jessie Ware - MusicQubed Best Newcomer Award
Labrinth - American Express Innovation Award
Ray Davies - Hard Rock Cafe Ambassador of Rock Award
Last year we were proud to present The Clash with the coveted O2 Silver Clef Award.
Despite disbanding in 1986, The Clash have maintained a global following and continue to attract new fans. Their politicised lyrics, musical experimentation and rebellious attitude had a far-reaching influence on the music industry, becoming widely referred to as "The Only Band That Matters". One of a handful of British bands to have success in both the UK and USA at the time, the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. Rolling Stone ranked The Clash number 28 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of all Time and their album 'London Calling' as the 8th Greatest Album of all Time. The Clash made their debut in 1976, supporting the Sex Pistols – the very same year as the first Silver Clef Awards.
Mick Jones from The Clash said: “To be given the O2 Silver Clef Award from Nordoff Robbins is a real honour. Nordoff Robbins do great work and it feels special to be recognised at the O2 Silver Clef Awards.”
David Munns, Nordoff Robbins Chairman said: "The O2 Silver Clef Award, the most prestigious of the ten awards handed out at the event, is given to a British artist in recognition of their contribution to UK music. Having been enormously influential in the UK music scene for over 35 years, I can think of no band more deserving of this award than The Clash.”
The incredibly successful and internationally acclaimed band Coldplay received the Royal Albert Hall Best British Act Award. The band, who formed in 1997, grabbed the world’s attention with their single, ‘Yellow’, in 2000. Since then they have sold out stadiums all over the world and performed at some of the most important events of a generation including Live8 and the 2012 Paralympics. With five consecutive No. 1 albums, over 60 million album sales and multiple awards including eight Brit Awards – winning Best British Group three times - and seven Grammy Awards from 25 nominations, the band have remained one of the biggest acts in the world for over a decade.
Chris Martin of Coldplay said, “It means a huge amount to us to be named Best British Act by Nordoff Robbins at the 2013 O2 Silver Clef Awards. Nordoff Robbins is an organisation that lies very close to our hearts. They provide life-changing music therapy for thousands of people each year and we’re humbled to collect this award in their honour.”
Legendary singer songwriter and one of the best voices and biggest stars of the golden age of British Pop, Alison Moyet, received the Investec Icon Award. Alison’s illustrious career spans more than 30 years. At the age of 21, she formed Yazoo with Vince Clark who had then just left Depeche Mode. Together they had many famous hits including, Only You, Don’t Go and Situation, which were not only cutting edge but helped define the electronic pop sound of the time. After going solo, Alison became the biggest female recording artist in the UK with huge hits including All Cried Out and Love Resurrection. Her work has been nominated for a Grammy and she has been awarded two Brit Awards. Every one of Alison’s ten albums has charted in the UK Top 30, with two going to No. 1. Alison’s latest album, The Minutes, was released in May 2013 and received wide critical acclaim, going straight in at No. 5 in the UK Albums Chart.
Alison Moyet said,“I am honoured to be receiving the Investec Icon Award from Nordoff Robbins – a charity who use music to literally transform thousands of lives. I’ve admired their work for many years and it feels really special to be recognised by them as an ‘Icon’.”
Barry Gibb received the Sony Mobile Lifetime Achievement Award.
Barry said,“I am honoured to be given the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the O2 Silver Clef Awards. Having had music play such an important role in my own life for over 50 years I can truly appreciate the work Nordoff Robbins do, using music to transform other people’s lives.
“I first got to know of Nordoff Robbins work in 1993, when the Bee Gees were awarded the Special Achievement Award at the Silver Clefs and it has been amazing to see how the charity has grown and developed and continues to support so many people with music therapy.”
Famed for being one third of the incredibly successful Bee Gees, Barry Gibb has had an exceptional career, selling over 220 million records since the Bee Gees were founded in 1958. Known for his instantly recognisable falsetto singing voice, particularly on the cult Saturday Night Fever soundtrack album, which went 15 times platinum and stayed on Billboard's album charts for 120 weeks, it epitomized the disco phenomenon on both sides of the Atlantic in the late 1970s. Gibb shares the record with Lennon and McCartney for six consecutive Billboard Hot 100 Number Ones as a writer and is in the book of Guinness World Records as the second most successful songwriter in history behind Paul McCartney. In the 1990s Barry was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has achieved the astonishing feat of having No. 1 hits across each of the past five decades and his music continues to delight fans the world over.
Singer-songwriter Jessie Ware stormed the music world after being catapulted into the spotlight with her stunning 2012 track 'Wildest Moments' from her highly acclaimed debut album 'Devotion', which was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize. In 2013 she was also nominated for British Breakthrough Act and British Female Solo Artist at the BRIT Awards. We were proud to award her with the MusicQubed Best Newcomer Award. Jessie said: "I am so honoured to be receiving this award from Nordoff Robbins, who do such amazing work helping people with music therapy. I am really looking forward to the Awards. It's been such a wonderful year for me and to be getting this award is a really special one!" Celebrity chef Yotam Ottolenghi presented Jessie Ware with her award.
Singer, songwriter and producer Labrinth was awarded the American Express Innovation Award.
Labrinth said: “It’s amazing to be awarded the American Express Innovation Award. Especially when my pal Emeli Sandé won it the year before. I’m always looking for new ideas and inspiration for my music and it’s great to be recognised by Nordoff Robbins. Music is my life, so to see how it can help so many people through music therapy is really cool.”
In just a short period of time, Labrinth has become one of the biggest names on the British music scene and the pioneer of the now hugely popular electro-pop-grime sound. So far he has earned two No. 1 singles. a BRIT Award and an Ivor Novello Award. His debut solo album, ‘Electronic Earth’, was released in 2012 and entered the UK charts at No. 2. He has also written material for high-profile artists including Professor Green and collaborated with Tinie Tempah (‘Pass Out’) and Emeli Sandé (‘Beneath Your Beautiful’).
Singer-songwriter Ray Davies, who was awarded the Hard Rock Cafe Ambassador of Rock Award, was frontman for The Kinks until the band split up in 1996. The Kinks were best known for songs ‘You Really Got Me’, ‘All Day and All of the Night’, ‘Waterloo Sunset’ and ‘Lola’. Davies and the Kinks were the third British band to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, at which Davies was called "almost indisputably rock's most literate, witty and insightful songwriter." They were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 by Pete Townsend. In August 2012, Davies performed 'Waterloo Sunset' as part of the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Summer Olympics, watched by over 24 million viewers in the UK.
Commenting recently after being presented with his Ivor Novello Award by Ray Davies, Noel Gallagher said of Davies “It’s funny to be stood beside someone you’ll never be as good as.”
Ray Davies said: “Thank you Nordoff Robbins – to be named your Hard Rock Cafe Ambassador of Rock is fantastic. The work you do is amazing and this is a real honour.”
David Munns, Chairman of Nordoff Robbins said: “Ray Davies was responsible for writing some of the best-loved songs of the 60s. The Kinks’ music was and remains hugely influential and he is incredibly deserving of the Hard Rock Cafe Ambassador of Rock Award. As one of the UK’s greatest ever singer songwriters, we are honoured to have him in the room.”
Vampire Weekend - the New York four-piece who received the Raymond Weil Best International Award. This young band have already achieved two No. 1 US albums and a Grammy nomination. Their best known track ‘A-Punk’, was fourth on Rolling Stone Magazine’s Rock List. They have played the main stage at Glastonbury, headlined Benicassim, had Jake Gyllenhaal star in one of their videos, performed on top US show Saturday Night Live an impressive three times and made chart history by becoming the first independent rock band to top the US charts with two consecutive albums - all in addition to smashing the previous record for first week vinyl sales. With a cult following of fans, the band’s music has appeared in some of the 21st century’s pop culture staples including ‘The Inbetweeners’ movie and leading computer game franchise Guitar Hero. Time Out London magazine picked Vampire Weekend as one of their eight ‘Sounds of the summer’ for 2013.
Lead singer and guitarist Ezra Koenig said: "We are very happy to have been picked for this award. Thank you Nordoff Robbins."
David Munns, Chairman of Nordoff Robbins said: "With their unique sound and cult following, Vampire Weekend have made a real name for themselves not just in America but around the world. They truly are one of the must see bands on the international circuit and a worthy winner of the Raymond Weil International Award.”
Award-winning classical trumpeter Alison Balsom received the PPL Classical Award.
Alison Balsom said, “I am truly honoured to be receiving the PPL Classical Award at the 2013 O2 Silver Clef Awards. I am so proud to be involved with something so vital and life-changing for so many people. As a musician, I can't think of a more valuable thing for me to do than to help highlight the constant need for a charity such as Nordoff Robbins. The value of something which is abstract and yet healing, unquantifiable, and yet so obviously transforming, is something that we as musicians live and breathe every day. I am so moved to see it being shared so skillfully in music therapy, helping so many children and adults in so many profound ways."
Alison Balsom has cemented an international reputation as one of classical music's great ambassadors and is ranked among the most distinctive and ground-breaking musicians on the international circuit today. Having headlined The Last Night of the BBC Proms, which reached its biggest ever global television audience of an estimated 200 million, to making her US television debut with the Orchestra of St Luke's on The Late Show with David Letterman, a platform few classical artists have gained access to, Alison’s highly distinctive sound has earned her much recognition and she is regarded as one of the world's leading trumpeters and musicians. She was twice crowned 'Female Artist of the Year' at the Classic BRITs and has also been honoured with numerous awards by Gramophone, Classic FM and ECHO Klassik.